‘I won’t walk away from Ipswich like I did Derby County’, says Paul Jewell

PAUL Jewell insists he won’t walk away from Ipswich Town in the same way he did at former club Derby County.

The Liverpudlian quit the Rams at the end of 2008 just a few months after they were relegated from the Premier League with a record low points total, subsequently spending over a year out of the game.

However, the Blues boss says that – despite a six-game losing streak leaving his team hovering precariously above the Championship relegation zone – there will be no repeat at Portman Road.

Reclusive owner Marcus Evans gave Jewell his public backing yesterday through the voice of chief executive Simon Clegg. And Jewell says that is the key difference from his time at Pride Park.

“When I spoke to Adam Pearson (then chief executive of Derby) he said that he wanted me to stay but that the American owners would sack me if they could afford to,” said the Blues boss, whose team host bogey side Watford tomorrow.

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“There was no point just sticking around for the pay; that’s not what I’m about and that’s why I walked away.

“I want to be working for Marcus Evans because he’s got belief in me, not because he can’t afford to sack me – and he certainly can by the way!

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“I spoke to him yesterday and he has been hugely supportive. Off the pitch at Derby there was a lot politics going on, but here there is none of that – it’s just Marcus.

“So when you ask me if I could see a situation where I might walk away from here then the answer is no, not at all.

“I felt when I was at Derby that I couldn’t take it any further, but I don’t feel the same here. I don’t feel as though I can’t turn it around.”

– See tomorrow’s EADT and Evening Star for full match preview of Ipswich v Watford.

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